Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please see the 2017-18 course description catalog for this school year.

AP Biology (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
SCI501 and SCI502
(Elective 10-11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology; Chemistry is recommended

This course is equivalent to a college course for biology majors. Students who enroll should be academically prepared to do college work and should understand that a college lab course requires additional time. A college text is used and laboratory activities are typical of those done in college.

Topics to be studied include biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, animals and plants, ecology, evolution, embryology, biotechnology, human systems, and a vertebrate dissection. Students who successfully complete AP Biology will be well prepared to take the National Advanced Placement Biology examination in May. Successful achievement on this exam may earn a student college credit. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum.

Those students not writing the AP exam will have the course designated “Accelerated Biology” on their transcript, and their grade will not be weighted. Both semesters of a yearlong course, plus writing the AP exam, are required for a weighted grade.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student.  If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

AP Chemistry (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
SCI503 and SCI504
(Elective 10-11-12)     Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Chemistry or enrollment in Honors or Scholars Track; and at least concurrent enrollment in Algebra II and Trigonometry

AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year college chemistry course. A college text is used, and a variety of college-level experiments will be done in the laboratory. Topics such as the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, and thermodynamics will be presented in considerable depth. The course should contribute to the development of the students’ abilities to think clearly and to express their ideas orally or in writing, with clarity and logic when dealing with chemical problems. This will prepare the students to take the AP Chemistry exam given in the spring, the results of which may qualify the students to earn college credit.

It is assumed that the students who enroll in this course possess sufficient chemistry background knowledge and math skills to enable them to succeed in a college level chemistry course. Prior to selecting this course you should discuss your qualifications with the course instructor. It is recommended you have earned an A or A- in Chemistry. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum.

Those students not writing the AP exam will have the course designated “Accelerated Chemistry” on their transcript, and their grade will not be weighted. Both semesters of a yearlong course, plus writing the AP exam, are required for a weighted grade.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student.  If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

AP Environmental Science (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
SCI507 and SCI508
(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 

AP Environmental Science is a rigorous science course that stresses scientific principles and analysis. This course is designed to be equivalent to a one-year, introductory college course in environmental science with lecture, laboratory, and field experience components. The goal of this course is to provide students with scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationship of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risk associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum.

Those students not writing the AP exam will have the course designated “Accelerated Environmental Science” on their transcript, and their grade will not be weighted. Both semesters of a yearlong course, plus writing the AP exam, are required for a weighted grade.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student.  If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

AP Physics I (NCAA, RAI)
SCI505 and SCI506
(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrently taking Pre-Calculus

This full-year course is designed to be taken by a student wanting a thorough knowledge of physics. It is assumed by the instructor that the student possesses sufficient background knowledge and math skills to be able to handle a university-level course. This course will cover Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power, mechanical waves, sound, and electric circuits. This course will emphasize the development of problem-solving abilities. The student may take the AP exam on completion of this course.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum.

Those students not writing the AP exam will have the course designated “Accelerated Physics” on their transcript, and their grade will not be weighted. Both semesters of a yearlong course, plus writing the AP exam, are required for a weighted grade.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student.  If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

Astronomy (NCAA, RAI)
SCI201 or SCI202
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

This is a one-semester laboratory course devoted to the study of astronomy. Units of study that will be included are: objects that can be observed in the sky with the unaided eye such as the sun, planets, and stars; equipment that is used to further our knowledge of the universe; the relation between the earth and the other objects in the sky; the constellations and the zodiac; the motion of the objects in the sky.

Biology (NCAA, RAI)
SCI209 and SCI210
(Elective 10-11-12)      Full-Year Course

This two-semester course exposes the student to the variety of living organisms found on the planet. Life functions are studied on the chemical, cellular, organism, and community levels. Genetics, diseases, nutrition, and biotechnology are studied with an emphasis directed toward human concerns. Laboratory participation is a vital component of this course and is expected of all students.

Chemistry (NCAA, RAI)
SCI305 and SCI306
(Elective 10-11-12)       Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra and pass first semester 

This is a two-semester college preparatory course. The students will be prepared to pursue fields where chemical knowledge is used. Students should have an understanding of math so they can use equations to solve problems. The topics covered will be classification of matter, reaction principles, and descriptive chemistry. The course will consist of laboratory work, textbook problems, classroom activities, and teacher explanation.

Geology (NCAA)
SCI203 or SCI204
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: General Science 

This class is a one-semester introduction to the geology of Earth to gain a better understanding of how our planet works and how they interact and influence our lives.  During the semester students will explore maps and navigation, plate tectonics, the structure of Earth, rocks and minerals, our oceans, weather systems and climate, volcanoes and earthquakes, the geological history of our planet, fossils and the eras of life on our planet.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (NCAA, RAI)
SCI301 and SCI302
(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology

This is an advanced two-semester course designed for students interested in an in-depth study of the human body. The structure and function of all body systems are covered through text reading, class discussion, computer simulations, teacher explanation, and laboratory experiences which will include dissection of mammalian organs. It is expected that all students participate fully in all activities, including dissection. Introduction to the course will include the chemical basis of life, the cell and its metabolism, and a tissue unit. The body systems taught will be: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, urinary, reproductive, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine, and respiratory.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Blended Instruction) (NCAA, RAI)
SCI901 and SCI902
(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Biology

This is an advanced two-semester course designed for the student interested in an in-depth study of the human body. The structure and function of all body systems is covered through text reading, class discussion, computer simulations, teacher explanation, and laboratory experiences which will include dissection of mammalian organs. It is expected that all students participate fully in all activities including dissection. Introduction to the course will include the chemical basis of life, the cell and its metabolism as well as a tissue unit. The body systems taught will be: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, urinary, reproductive, digestive, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and respiratory. The course will be set-up in a fashion that requires the student to receive the delivery of instruction in the classroom and through a digital online media.

Introductory Chemistry
SCI303 or SCI304
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

This is a one-semester course intended for those students who want to learn how chemistry affects their everyday life. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to explore consumer chemistry topics and discuss chemical issues and their impact on our world. Much of class time will involve observation and investigation in the laboratory. This class will not meet science requirements for entrance into college.

Introductory Physics
SCI403 or SCI404
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Introductory Physics is a semester course which focuses on the conceptual aspects of physics, with minimum mathematics. This course has a heavy emphasis on laboratory investigations. Students taking this course will experience hands-on activities which address force and motion, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, sound and waves, and energy. Students will make connections between these investigations and the occurrences in the real world. This course will not meet science requirements for entrance into colleges.

Lab Assistant
MIS321 or MIS322
(Elective 11-12)     First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Lab skills as demonstrated by previously earning an “A” credit in the course the student wishes to assist and teacher approval.

The student will assist the teacher in all classroom/lab preparations and clean-ups. The student will have demonstrated his/her expertise by previously completing the course with an “A” grade. Enrollment must have the teacher’s approval. Each semester will result in half credit and may be repeated for a total of one credit with a pass/no pass grade.

Mankind and Environment (NCAA, RAI)
SCI205 or SCI206
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

A one-semester course offered to create within the students an awareness of their influence upon the environment. Fundamental principles of ecology are taught so that impact of resource, population, and pollution problems can be viewed and appreciated in the proper perspective. Classroom activity approach is primarily the problems of the environment.

Organic Chemistry (NCAA, RAI)
SCI308
(Elective 11-12)     Second Semester
Prerequisite: AP Chemistry or an A in Chemistry

Organic chemistry is a rigorous science course designed for students that plan to major in a science field in college. The course is set up as a one-semester class in organic chemistry with lecture and laboratory experiences. The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand the principles and methodology of working with organic nomenclature and functional groups, organic chemical reactions and synthesis, polymers, and organic chemical analysis through the use of spectral data.

Physics (NCAA, RAI)
SCI401 and SCI402
(Elective 10-11-12)     Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry

This full-year course will consist of the study of the following topics: optics and wave motion, motion and energy, electricity, and magnetism. The nature of the laws of physics will be covered through text reading, class activities, teacher explanation, and laboratory experiences. A working knowledge of basic geometry and trigonometry concepts is strongly suggested.

Plant Science (NCAA, RAI)
SCI207 or SCI208
(Elective 10-11-12)       First OR Second Semester

Plant Science is a one-semester course in which students will have the opportunity to grow and care for plants in the laboratory. Much class time will involve observation and investigation of the various life activities of plants. This course is intended for students who do not yet feel ready to take biology or choose not to take college preparatory science courses.

Principles of Engineering (DMACC, NCAA, RAI)
SCI405 and SCI406
(Elective 10-11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment in Geometry

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. It is a hands-on class involving multiple projects and explorations that introduce students to various engineering fields, technology systems, and manufacturing processes common in today’s engineering landscape. Students will learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology to solve problems and benefit society. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.